Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Adorable Babies Halloween Carved Pumpkin Hat - Free Pattern!


With Halloween around the corner we thought it would be appropriate to bring out this little number for all of the mums or dads out there who want a quick little Halloween costume that looks fantastic!

You will need:

-          Orange, Green and Black DK (8ply) wool

-          4mm crochet hook (you will use this hook size for all the parts for this hat)

-          Scissors

-          Tapestry needle

-          A child to put the hat on!

No stitch abbreviations were used in this pattern to make it more beginners friendly!

Note: This hat will fit a child up to 12 months or a little over, to make it bigger simply repeat the increasing rows to make it wider.
 
 

Pumpkin Hat Base

Begin with green wool and a magic loop,

In the magic loop put 6 half double crochets, tighten the loop then join your round together with a slip stitch, chain 2

Rnd 1-6: 1 half double crochet into every stitch in the round, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (6)

Rnd 7: 2 half double crochets into every stitch in the round, join with a slip stitch (12)

Finish off and weave in any loose ends with a tapestry needle

Turn the stalk inside out before continuing – This can be difficult as it is so thin so take your time and use a crochet hook to help you pull the stalk inside out if you have to.

Now attach the orange wool, you may wish to use double strands of wool at this point to make the hat thicker but the hat still looks equally good with just 1 strand.

Rnd 8: 2 half double crochets into every stitch around the stalk, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (24)

Rnd 9: *2 half double crochets into the first stitch, 1 half double crochet in the next stitch* repeat from *to* till the end of the round, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (36)

Rnd 10: *2 half double crochets into the first stitch, 1 half double crochet in the next 2 stitches* repeat from *to* till the end of the round, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (46)

Rnd 11-25: 1 half double crochet into every stitch in the round, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (46)

Finish off and weave in the tail with a tapestry needle.

The core hat is now done; you may now use any method you like to put a face on your pumpkin.

A couple methods include using felt to cut out the shapes and stick them on, drawing them on with a black marker or crocheting them, we have included the crochet patterns below for the last method J

How to crochet the eyes (make 2)

Begin by using black wool and a magic loop

Row 1: Put 10 half double crochet into the magic loop, do not tighten or join, chain 2 and turn

Rows 2-3: 1 half double crochet into each stitch, chain 2 and turn.

After the 3rd row, tighten the loop, this should make a semi-circle, finish off and weave in loose ends before sewing to the hat.


How to crochet the nose

Using black wool, chain 6

Half double crochet decrease in the second chain from the hook (runs over 2 chains)

Half double crochet in the next chain

Half double crochet decrease in the last 2 chains

Chain 2 and turn

On the next row half double crochet 3 stitches together

Finish off and weave in loose ends before sewing to the hat.

How to crochet the mouth

Start with black wool, chain 31,

Half double crochet into the 3rd chain from the hook and into the next 4 chains,

Half double crochet decrease over the next 4 chains (1 decrease over 2 chains),

Half double crochet into the next 4 chains,

Put 2 half double crochets in the next 2 chains,

Half double crochet in the next 4 chains,

Half double crochet decrease over the next 4 chains (1 decrease over 2 chains),

Half double crochet in the remaining chains,

You should end up with something that looks like a stretched W,

Sew to the hat and weave in any loose ends.

 
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Monday, 29 September 2014

Easy Crochet Christmas Mug Cosy Pattern + Updates!

Before getting into a lovely free pattern we have a couple quick updates regarding the blog and what we have been up too!

First of all we have now added 2 new features to the blog which can be found at the very bottom of the page, the first feature is a new print friendly button, this button allows you to print off our patterns without having to print off the entire page worth of pictures and text etc. so it just gives you the pattern which is cool!

The second feature is our new Etsy store banner! this will link you to all the different bits and bobs we have up for grabs on Etsy right now including our brand new book! we have created an eBook for beginners to crochet including a different stitches and a couple of patterns as well which can be found using the app below :)

Right enough babbling onto the free pattern!

Pay no attention to my poor photography skills!


So it's coming to the end of September and shops are already starting to get their first Christmas stock in, I even saw a bloody Christmas tree in the Range the other day! Although I think it is a tad too early for all of this to start as Halloween is much closer we decided to work on a few easy Christmas themed patterns for all of you out there who like to get a head start on your homemade gifts!

This is a very simple little pattern that is moderately friendly as long as you know how to half double crochet and change colours! (you will also be working in both rounds and rows so keep an eye out for that)

You will need:
  • 1 Ball of red DK (8ply) wool
  • 1 Ball of green DK (8ply) wool
  • A 4mm Crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • And of course a regular sized mug!
Christmas Mug Cosy Pattern!

To begin, use a magic loop and red wool.

Rnd 1: Put 12 half double crochets within the magic loop, tighten the loop and then join with a slip stitch into the top of your first half double crochet, chain 2 (12)

Rnd 2: Put 2 half double crochets into each stitch of the previous round, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (24)

Rnd 3: *2 Half double crochets into the first stitch, 1 half double crochet in the next stitch* repeat from *to* all the way around your round, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (36)

Rnd 4: 1 half double crochet in each stitch around, join with a slip stitch and chain 2 (36)

At this point check to see how well this circle fits the bottom of the mug, if it is far too small repeat round 4, if not carry on with the rest of the pattern.

Rnd 5: half double crochet into the back loop of every stitch in the round, this is going to make the cosy bend to the shape of the mug, join with a slip stitch (36)

Row 6-7: Switch to green wool, half double crochet into each stitch around, do not join! chain 2 and turn!

Row 8-9: Switch to red wool, half double crochet into each stitch around, do not join! chain 2 and turn!

Repeat rows 6-9 until the cosy covers the whole of your mug, once the desired length is reached use the current colour you have attached to single crochet around the whole of the last row and down around the part that goes around the handle to neaten it up.

Finish off and use a needle to weave in any loose ends you have.

Now use a little bit of ribbon or wool to thread through the opening at the top of the handle and tie a pretty bow to secure it in place around the mug.

And you're done! from this point you can put any decoration on the side of the mug (we used a snowflake!) and you could also fill the mug with the recipients favourite tea/coffee/hot chocolate as a nice little present!




As always please feel free to comment below or get in touch with us on our facebook page if you have any comments or questions! Also keep a look out for a few Halloween themed projects coming up in the next week!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Free Crochet Elsa From Frozen Crown & Hair Pattern!

After a few months break we are back and ready to get going for Christmas! (yes I know its here already!) We apologise for the absence but once again we became swamped with commissions from our store and on top of that I was also approached by a company to write 3 sets of beginners crocheting books which was very exciting to do!

We aren't going to promise that we will post as often as we did a few months back but we will be posting more regularly now the orders have died down enough for us to focus on creating new patterns and stuff :)

This little pattern came about after we had a good friend of our point out we had never really done anything like this before and where she works there has been a boom in Frozen related sales so we decided to give it a go and this is the result! :)



True to most things on this blog it is very quick to do! you can easily have this done in an hour or less plus you can get quite a few out of 1 ball of wool which is always good!

This pattern is worked in sets of 6, this means that you can adjust this pattern to fit any head size as long as your beginning chain ends in a multiple of 6.

For this pattern we will be making the crown to fit a child between the ages of 5-7, if you wish to adjust the size feel free to do so as the principles of this pattern stay the same :)

You will need:
  •  1 Ball of Blue DK (8PLY) wool
  • 4mm Crochet Hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

The Crown

Begin by splitting your ball of blue wool into 2, basically just roll another ball out of it until you get to about half way.

For this pattern you will be working with 2 strands of wool at the same time, just crochet as normal but use both strands at the same time! this is so the crown is more solid and stable when being worn.

To begin, chain 60

Join the two ends together by slip stitching into the first chain to create one big loop.

Rnd 1) Chain 2, half double crochet into every stitch till you get back to the beginning point, join with a slip stitch (60)

Rnd 2-4) Repeat round 1 (60)

You will now begin to make this headband look like a crown, please read the instructions carefully to create the points.

Rnd 5) Chain 1 and single crochet into the same space as the chain, *skip the next 2 stitches, in the 3rd stitch do 3 double crochet, chain 4 and another 3 double crochet, now skip another 2 stitches and single crochet into the next stitch* repeat everything within the ** all the way around the hat, if you correctly had a multiple of 6 then you shouldn't have any extra stitches left over, if you have a few feel free to fill them with a few extra single crochet or undo your work and start again.

Finish off and use a tapestry needle to weave in any loose ends to complete the crown.

And there you go the crown is finished! you can easily leave it like that or you can add extras such as snowflakes to make it more Frozen related or you can add Elsa style hat to the back as shown below.

To do the hair simply measure out a length of white wool to the length you want the braid to be between your hands, then begin wrapping the wool around and around till it is the thickness you would like, use an extra bit of wool to secure the whole lot together and braid it, secure the end with a hair tie or more wool and tidy up the ends with a pair of scissors before using a tapestry needle to securely sew the braid to the crown at the back.



And you're done! Now you can make your little princess an actual crown to make her feel really special!
 
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Sunday, 8 June 2014

Bits&Bobbles Baby Ugg Booties Free Pattern!

So pretty much a year to today we put out our bits and bobbles baby bootie pattern, after releasing that pattern here on the blog we didnt really do much about it until while browsing pinterest we found a picture of baby ugg boots and were instantly inspired!
We have taken our original pattern we used a year ago and added to it to create adorable ugg boot inspired baby booties!
 
 
The pattern which is included below is exactly the same as the one we used a year ago but we have added on past the last row to make them look like little ugg boots.
Here is a link to the original pattern if you would like to just to the base shoe :)



This pattern uses a new technique that we discovered a while back to create little loopies that when used on hats look like curly hair and when used on booties it makes them look fluffy!

This technique is called the loop stitch, it takes a little while to get the hang of but after that it really does enhance your projects :)

We have included a link below to a youtube video by June Gilbank from Planetjune.com as she has an amazing tutorial up on how to do the loop stitch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuR0OlDqH0g



  • You will need:
  •  
  • A 4mm crochet hook
  •  
  • 2 different colours of regular 8ply DK yarn (we chose brown and cream!)
  •  
  • scissors
  •  
  • tapestry needle
  •  
  • optional - baby shoe insoles
 
 

Baby Booties (Using your first colour)
 

Ch 9.



Rnd 1: 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in next 5
ch, 6 dc in the last ch, turn to work along opposite side of the
beginning ch, dc in next 5 ch, 3 dc in last ch, sl st in top
of first ch, ch 2 (22)



Rnd 2: hdc in same space as sl st, 2 hdc in each
of next 2 dc, hdc in next 5 dc, 2 hdc in each of next 6 dc,
hdc in next 5 dc, 2 hdc in each of next 3 dc, join with a sl st, ch 2 (34)



Rnd 3: hdc in the back loop of each st around,
join with a sl st, ch 2 (34)



Rnd 4: hdc in next 8 hdc, dc2tog (decrease) 8 times, hdc in
next 9 hdc, join with a sl st, ch 2 (26)



Rnd 5: hdc in next 8 hdc, dc2tog (decrease) 4 times, hdc in
next 9 hdc, join with a sl st, ch 2 (22)



Rnd 6: hdc in next 8 hdc, dc2tog (decrease) 2 times, hdc in
next 9 hdc, join with a sl st, ch 2 (20)



Rnd 7: hdc in each st around, join with a sl st (20)

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
Turn your booties inside out - this ensures that the loops are on the outside of the boot when you turn them right side in again.
Attach your second colour of yarn here and use the tutorial provided above to create 5 rows of loop stitch.
 
 
Weave in all loose ends and you're done :)

Optional - find some baby shoe insoles and cut them to size to fit inside of the baby bootie to make them extra comfortable for your baby :)
 
 

 
This pattern can be adapted in so many different ways so please leave us a comment telling us what you did with yours :)
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Friday, 11 April 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hat! - Free Pattern!

As a child one of my favourite shows at the time was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.....now years later and a few crappy remakes later, they are making a new film which surprisingly doesn't look half bad!

So we thought why not? lets make a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles based hat!

This is especially great for fancy dress parties for children or even with a few adjustments for adults as well!

Perfect for that little part of all of us that wants to be a superhero!

We have included the patterns for both a children's hat as well as an adult hat below!

 



You will need:

- 2 balls of Green Regular DK wool (or split one ball in to 2 smaller balls!)

- Small amount of Black Wool

- Small amount of either Blue, Red, Purple or Orange Wool Depending on which turtle you want to be!

- 4mm crochet hook

-Scissors

-Tapestry Needle

Terminology (we use US terms!)

- ch - Chain

-sl st - Slip Stitch

- sc - Single Crochet

- hdc - Half Double Crochet

Children's Hat (suitable for 1-5 years):
Begin with a magic loop,

Rnd 1: 12 HDC into the magic loop, tighten loop and join with first HDC with a sl st, ch 1.

Rnd 2: 2 HDC into each HDC, join with first ch with a sl st, ch 1,

Rnd 3: *1 HDC in first HDC, 2 HDC in next HDC), repeat until end of round, join with sl st, ch 1, (30)

Rnd 4-16: 1 HDC into every HDC, join with sl st, chain 1 (30)

Finish off and weave in ends.
Adult Hat:

Using a magic loop

Rnd 1: 10 HDC into the magic loop, tighten the loop and join with a sl st, ch 2

Rnd 2: 2 HDC into each HDC around, sl st and ch 2

Rnd 3: *1 HDC into first HDC, 2 HDC into the next HDC* repeat *to* to the end of the row, sl st and ch 2

Rnd 4: *1 HDC into the next 2 HDC, 2 HDC into the next HDC* repeat *to* to the end of the row, sl st and ch 2

Rnd 5: *1 HDC into the next 3 HDC, 2 HDC into the next HDC* repeat *to* to the end of the row, sl st and ch 2

Rnd 6: *1 HDC into the next 4 HDC, 2 HDC into the next HDC* repeat *to* to the end of the row, sl st and ch 2

Rnd 7-22: 1 HDC into each HDC around, sl st and ch 2

Finish off and weave in loose ends

For The Mask - (fits Both Children's & Adults Hats)


Ch 100
Row 1: SC into each ch to the end, ch 1 and turn (100)

Row 2-6: Repeat row 1

Finish off and weave in ends

For the Eyes - Make 2:

With White wool:

In a magic loop

Rnd 1: 12 HDC in magic loop, tighten and join with sl st

Rnd 2: 2 HDC into each HDC around, Join with sl st

Finish off and weave in ends

With black wool:

In a magic loop

Rnd 1: 12 HDC in magic loop, tighten and join with sl st

Finish off and weave in ends

Sew the black circles on to the white circles, then sew the whole lot in position on to the band!
 



And you're all done!

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Easy Newsboy Crochet Hat - Free Pattern!

 

We have a nice little project for you today!

 

Perfect for spring or for those days when you aren't having the best of hair days!


A Fantastic Newsboy Hat!


You will need:

- 4mm crochet hook
- 1 Ball of your chosen colour of DK wool (any 8PLY wool will do!)
- 2 funky buttons (they don't have to match!)
- Scissors
- Tapestry Needle

Terminology (WE USE US TERMS!)

-CH - Chain
-SC - Single Crochet
-HDC - Half Double Crochet
-SL ST- Slip Stitch

Using a magic loop

Rnd 1: 10 HDC into the magic loop, tighten the loop and join with a sl st, ch 2

Rnd 2: 2 HDC into each HDC around, sl st and ch 2

Rnd 3: *1 HDC into first HDC, 2 HDC into the next HDC* repeat *to* to the end of the row, sl st and ch 2

Rnd 4: *1 HDC into the next 2 HDC, 2 HDC into the next HDC* repeat *to* to the end of the row, sl st and ch 2

Rnd 5: *1 HDC into the next 3 HDC, 2 HDC into the next HDC* repeat *to* to the end of the row, sl st and ch 2

Rnd 6: *1 HDC into the next 4 HDC, 2 HDC into the next HDC* repeat *to* to the end of the row, sl st and ch 2

Rnd 7-21: 1 HDC into each HDC around, sl st and ch 2

Finish off and weave in loose ends

For the brim:

Taking the ball of wool you are working with and split it into 2 by rolling a second ball out of it till you have equal amounts.

You will be working with 2 strands of wool to make the brim more sturdy

The brim will be 22 stitches long so make sure to attach your yarn 11 stitches from the centre of the front of the hat so the brim will be even.

Please read the following instructions carefully as it can get confusing a little!

Taking both strands of wool, attach it to the hat
Row 1: SC in next Stitch, 2 SC, *SC in next 2sts, 2 SC in next st* repeat from *to* until last 5 st, SC in next 2 sts, SS in next st (22 sts ) *chain 1 TURN

Row 2: Sl st in next SC, CH 1, SC in next 2 SC, SC and HDC in next SC, HDC into each st until last 5 st, HDC and SC in next SC, SC in next 2 SC, slip st in next 2 sc, ch 1 and turn

Row 3-5: Repeat row 2

Row 6: SC in each St across the brim

Finish off and weave in ends


To make the band:

Using your choice of wool:

Ch 6

Row 1: SC into the second ch from the hook and to the end of the row (5), ch 1 and turn

Row 2: SC into each sc, ch 1 and turn (5)

Row 3 - however many you need: repeat row 2

Make enough rows so the band is roughly the same length as the brim of the hat

Finish off leaving a very long tail for sewing

Position the band just above the brim of the hat as shown here:



Using a tapestry needle, sew around all the edges to attach the band to the hat.

Finish off and weave in loose ends.

Attach two funky looking buttons to the sides of the band and you're all done!

This hat can be customised to suit your needs however you like, you may choose to add a flower to the side of your hat for instance rather than the band.
As always please feel free to leave us a comment and share pictures of your creations with us either through our email or of course our facebook page :)



Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Cute Minnie Mouse Alice Band Free Pattern

Today we have got a quick little project for you that would make a great present, used to revamp some old Alice bands you have laying around, or are ideal if you have a holiday planned this year to Disneyland!
 
 

This project is seriously quick and can be done easily within an hour and only takes a few little bits and pieces you most likely have laying around from previous projects.



You will need:

- 3 balls of black wool (don't worry you don't need the whole 3 balls! or you could also separate 1 ball into 3 separate bits)

-Pink or Red Ribbon (preferably with white spots)

-tapestry needle & scissors

- An old unused Alice band

-4mm Crochet hook

The reason you need the 3 strands is to make the ears stable enough to stand up on their own without pipe cleaners or some sort of support.

The Ears - Make 2 - Work with all 3 strands of black wool and a 4mm crochet hook
Begin with a magic loop

Rnd 1: 12 hdc into the loop, tighten the loop up and join with a sl st into the top of the first hdc, ch 2 (12)

Rnd 2: 2 hdc into each hdc around, join with a sl st and ch 2 (24)

Rnd 3: *1 hdc into next hdc, 2 hdc into the following hdc* repeat *to* to the end, join with sl st

Finish off and weave in loose ends

At this point you make want to take a little bit of black wool and a tapestry needle and sew around your starting magic loop as we noticed ours had a tendency to open up after a while if we didn't sew it closed.

For the Alice band you will be crocheting directly around the headband itself

Start crocheting around the band using single crochet

The amount of stitches you do and how much of the band you cover is up to you

Once you have done as many stitches as you want to do, chain 1 and turn

Do another row of single crochet, this is to make the ears more stable

Finish off and weave in the loose ends

Now using a little wool and a tapestry needle, attach the ears to the headband, make sure they are secure!



Now all that's left to do is using your pretty ribbon, make a bow and either sew or glue it to your band and you're done!!!!

And there you go!
A very simple little project which is absolutely adorable!
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